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Here's something you likely didn't see coming: as of today I have sold Sailing Anarchy. After 22 years of creating, publishing, and stirring as much shit up as I could (while maintaining SA as a business), I feel like now is a good time to hand the tiller over to someone else.
 
Oh don't worry, I'll still be driving the content as I have been retained for at least the next 12 months, so we'll continue to have the good, informative, snarky, ridiculous and entertaining stuff we've always strived to produce.
 
But I have never cared for all of the other work that goes into running a business; you know the taxes and the payroll and the assorted other heaps of nonsense that is required to keep SA afloat. But afloat we have been, through thick and thin, good times and bad. We're like dogshit on your shoes; it never seems to go away. And the stink lingers for what seems like forever. 22 years of forever.
 
I don't know that this is an end of an era, as I'll still be here and I've signed a  relatively short non-compete with the new owners, but handing over the keys is still such a strange feeling for me.
 
I am incredibly proud and remain as thrilled as ever by creating this place and working on it nearly every single day, 365 days a year.  It is a labor of love that has defined me in many ways, allowed me to do essentially what I want while helping to bring this huge community of sailors together.
 
And on that note,  truly, it is you who have made this place what it is. I never had a mission statement per se, but the one thing that I have always tried to do is to not make Sailing Anarchy about me, but to make it about you, the sailors.  Sure, I put up my occasional vanity pieces, and I spout of editorially from time to time, but that's about it. That so many of you identify yourself as anarchists is something that deeply touches me. For real.


A lot of you have been with us from the jump, and to them,  all the way to the people who have just discovered us (where the fuck have you been anyways?) I give a heartfelt thank you. And in truth, I'm a little sad as I reflect on the last 22 years. Hell, a tear or two may have fallen, but don't you dare tell that to anyone!

Nobody thought we'd succeed. I should print the list of e-mails from the naysayers, haters and chumps who bagged on us literally from day one, but I never listened to any of them. Not one. Had I, I'd have been curled up in the fetal position, crying for my mommy. But my response then, as it is 22 years later has always been "Fuck Off".

And to the high-profile venture capitalist who wished me doom and unmitigated failure, you are long gone, and I am still here. Bite me, I mean if you still could...

This sport needed to be shaken up, and who would have thought that it would be us? Without boasting,  we have changed the way this sport is covered and reported.  My Senior Editor, Mr. Clean had a huge role in that, and I'll be forever grateful to him. Every single "journo" or publication has disliked or outright hated us, never gave us any recognition and certainly no props. But really, who gives a fuck? I never did. Our traffic numbers don't lie, and they are all painfully aware of that fact. The notable exception is of course Seahorse, with who we have been very good friends with for many years. It's no surprise that those who know what they are doing, get us, while the fuckwits just don't understand...

As for how SA started, I will forever be indebted to old man and bullshit artist Tom Leweck for refusing to print or even acknowledge a letter I had sent into his dumb little newsletter decades ago. His good ol' boy club hypocrisy is truly what motivated me to start SA.  And then when he gave it to his untalented glad-handing chump of a son, well that was just gasoline on the fire for me,  which as many of you know, is exactly the way I like it! Of all the publications, Craig's daddy's has been the most fun to bury. Fuck both of you!

Nobody dared to do what we did, and so many of them (and you fuckers know who you are) eventually copied much of what we started. Everybody rips everything off, but we were the originators. The agitators.  The anarchists. And we're still here.

Much love to all my people right here right now.

-ed.

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Here's something you likely didn't see coming: as of today I have sold Sailing Anarchy. After 22 years of creating, publishing, and stirring as much shit up as I could (while maintaining SA as a busin

Fuck off over the horizon, ya goddamned quitter For all of the shitposting, bullshit, and trash talking, this place was a godsend for me 14 years ago when my boy Trent, aka "The Pebble" was fight

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In the words of our famous Lesbian Robot,

"This shit is gone past pathetic and boring. Who gives a fuck about the pros/cons of the fleet, boat, owner's etc? The only purpose these threads serve is to support trolling d-bags pussies. If you want to be a douche, sack the fuck up and be a full time oduche like me, or shut the fuck up."

I'd follow that up with a link that reads "SA Press Release" but actually links to void ho.... but I'm not that crass.

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1 minute ago, Grrr... said:

In the words of our famous Lesbian Robot,

"This shit is gone past pathetic and boring. Who gives a fuck about the pros/cons of the fleet, boat, owner's etc? The only purpose these threads serve is to support trolling d-bags pussies. If you want to be a douche, sack the fuck up and be a full time oduche like me, or shut the fuck up."

What a long strange trip it's been

- DSK

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What??

I know, your now a multihull sailor. ;)

congrats.

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12 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

What a long strange trip it's been

- DSK

This was one of my more favoriter Lesbian Robot Posts....

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I often wonder if I had two penises, where would I want the second one to be located? If it were three penises then I would want the extra two to be on the back of either hand, but would fear the physiological affects this might have. For example, would they become erect if a performance made me happy? Would hand boners take the place of clapping? Imagine an entire stadium of three penised people after an awesome rock concert and instead of lighters waving around in anticipation of an encore it just rained back-of-hand boner yogurt down on the floor seats from all sides? Also, back-of-hand penises might impede athletes. A facemask penalty in football might actually result in a rape charge, baseball gloves would be very uncomfortable, tennis would even more unwatchable than it currently is, and no one would slam dunk a basketball, especially black guys with giant back-of-hand cocks. If it were just one extra penis I think I would want it directly on top of my head so that when I was a child I could just get a hard on and be tall enough to go on all the rides I used to have to watch my brother enjoy from the safety of the Teacups.

A friend suggested that if he had two, he would want the second to be right under the first in the original location. That way you could hit both holes at once.

While seemingly sound in principle this presents three major issues:

1. Not every girl likes anal. More precisely, very few women like anal. So, in this configuration you either find a chick that is willing to get DP'd by a twin cocked freak, or you have zero sex. Also, masturbating, which you are almost guaranteed to do in lieu of finding the kinkiest bitch on the planet, is very difficult fist-to-fist, especially if the fists get out of sync. Imagine the standard tummy rub head tap fiasco, but with both of your cocks taking the beating rather than your preschool ego.

2. What if, after years of drowning in the endless ea of debt created by your children and the incessant mental abuse of your wife you decide that you are gay? Well, good for you faggot, but have fun trying to find the corresponding mutant with doubled up shit holes.

3. Balls. Way to go real estate mogul, you just sold their property and they had to move. It turns out that the lot next door is a real shit hole so they moved uptown and their rent doubled because they need twice the living area."

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14 minutes ago, PaulK said:

So go have fun! What boat are you going to get now?  

looking... it will be under 35'....

8 minutes ago, PurpleOnion said:

I realize the new owner may be shy, but is he now or was he ever described as a grifter?

 

haha, negative!

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Congrats!  I’m new here, but the contributions from the site and posters alike have been extremely helpful in my WTF am I doing sailing journey.  Thanks for both a forum and the front page to help me waddle along. I do hope it all keeps going as is, cause I still need a lot of help from the folks that have like 10000000+ posts and years experience that are willing to share.  

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2 minutes ago, Lost in Translation said:

Congrats and well done!  But just a tease without sharing the new plans. 

i think i did? i'm going to remain as editor, with freedum to do what i've been doing. the forums will be largely untouched, and i think they are going to work on site performance, mobile, etc.

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It was the fucking bathroom cleaning tips, wasn't it?  I mean, that would shout "THIS IS THE END" to anyone who still has a pulse.  Good timing Ed.

 

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1 hour ago, Editor said:

i think i did? i'm going to remain as editor, with freedum to do what i've been doing. the forums will be largely untouched, and i think they are going to work on site performance, mobile, etc.

Gramps want to know if you are getting back into Sabots?

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1 hour ago, The great unwashed said:

“The forums will be largely untouched”!!!  Godamnit, that sounds like the knell of death to this place…..

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12 minutes ago, VWAP said:

Does this helps

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honest to christ, they have said run it as is. zero talk of changing anything. they know its a going concern, they don't want to fuck it up. i guess what i meant was to sat maybe the software or something, but again i really have no idea. they will hear from me if they change any of it. i think it's all good. i'd tell you otherwise and you know that.

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Fuckin' be proud.

Never second-guess this decision (as you've probably already lost too much sleep thus far).

Don't take any time off.

Look around and create the next epic portal of your life.  Then report back in when warranted.

Did I say; be fuckin proud?  A damn fine job during yer watch, says I.

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Fok me first me chiropractor then me gos shop ..

 

what fokin next ? 

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cheers ed thanxs and enjoy the new opportunities .

 

and to the new   boss / s , you know the drill

 

show us some tits .

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Fuck off over the horizon, ya goddamned quitter

For all of the shitposting, bullshit, and trash talking, this place was a godsend for me 14 years ago when my boy Trent, aka "The Pebble" was fighting for his life. He's 16 now, and this photo recently came up of our visit with Mainsheet Girl, aka Catherine, a week or two before she passed. You helped make good, real shit happen too. Well done mate. All the best.

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47 minutes ago, Jan Tee said:

Well Merry Christmas to the rest Of us! You won’t be missed at all you Socialist Democrat scab!

no doubt your “sale” is to help pay for the inflation you voted for.. and your fully vaccinated induced covid hospital bills since you destroyed your own immune system. RIP Not.

 

 

There's always 1 cunt

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1 hour ago, Leeroy Jenkins said:

Done with the Ericson already? Did I miss something? 

So NOT done! Love the boat, love the slip. Def keeping it, no matter what! But if the right boat becomes available, i may pop for something 30 feet-sh. You know I dig that size.

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1 minute ago, Hitchhiker said:

All good things must come to an end eventually.  Good luck with the next adventure.  (Fuck can't believe I've been around here for nearly as long).  Really should get some work done I suppose!

Here's the thing - nothing has ended. i am hired as the editor, i control all fp material As for the forums, I (like always) am the final arbiter of what goes. What really helps clean this place up is when you guys give me a head's up about spam that may have wiggled through, or abusive posters, etc. As always, I give a wide fucking latitude here. Who wants to have their shit censored? Fuck that. Honest to fuck,, this is one hell of a vibrant, dynamic and bat shit crazy community we have here. 

I salute you all. Well, perhaps not all...

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Well thanks for the giant lump of coal for Christmas you fucker.

These new owners better not fuck this place up - we all know where you live and what your boat looks like.

Congrats on getting to do what you want with your life and thanks for making the best place on the Interweb for us.

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10 minutes ago, Editor said:

Here's the thing - nothing has ended. i am hired as the editor, i control all fp material As for the forums, I (like always) am the final arbiter of what goes. What really helps clean this place up is when you guys give me a head's up about spam that may have wiggled through, or abusive posters, etc. As always, I give a wide fucking latitude here. Who wants to have their shit censored? Fuck that. Honest to fuck,, this is one hell of a vibrant, dynamic and bat shit crazy community we have here. 

I salute you all. Well, perhaps not all...

Not Jan Tee? (aka J_T, probably).

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8 minutes ago, Hitchhiker said:

Wait, what? You idiot, you had the exit strategy all lined up and you fucked up even that?!

Kinda! This place has my scent all over it. They are smart enough to know not to fuck with it. And I am stoked to be hired to be the content creator. Shit, best of both worlds, yo.

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30 minutes ago, Editor said:

Here's the thing - nothing has ended. i am hired as the editor, i control all fp material As for the forums, I (like always) am the final arbiter of what goes. What really helps clean this place up is when you guys give me a head's up about spam that may have wiggled through, or abusive posters, etc. As always, I give a wide fucking latitude here. Who wants to have their shit censored? Fuck that. Honest to fuck,, this is one hell of a vibrant, dynamic and bat shit crazy community we have here. 

I salute you all. Well, perhaps not all...

Cheers and all the best for the future from a long time Downunder Anarchist.

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Damn. Things change. 

Lots of memories made here.  SA gave me the courage to go for it, sailing across the Atlantic in 2007 - and helped me gear up, and came along for the ride. We lost far too many, listed in the Fuck Cancer thread where we had a safe zone to show our softer side. 

I just commented to a friend that I've made, through these pages, "some of the best friends I've never met" - and many that I did meet, too. 

Have fun, Scot - enjoy the fruits of your labours.  

Are you going to let us know who the new masters are, or is that classified until your tenure expires? 

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1 hour ago, Editor said:

.... I am stoked to be hired to be the content creator.

"Content creator"????

Bullshit - the content here has always been created by the forum posters!

 

(Just yanking your chain - I echo those who thank you for creating this special place for us to annoy each other, and once your year is over, remind you of some advice I gave you (unsolicited) a decade or more ago - "get a haircut and a real job"!)

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Since you asked for it (on that Fontpage-thingy)

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I think we had it coming and there were some signs:

One of the best things you did in the last years were the Retroboat videos. I think in hindsight, it was obvious you wanted to do something different for once and I remember you were a bit disappointed when it didn't get the traction it should have. Maybe you can team-up with Matthew Sheahan or Chris Beeson, or someone like that in the future and do things like 'the honest boat review show'.

Anyway, I hope you get to enjoy the time ahead, Ed.

And whoever our new Overlord is: I bid the welcome! You probably think you bought a web publication with an adjecent forum. Ahahaha.

You ain't seen nothing yet. We're going to have sooo much fun.

Let's begin with the infamous and inevitable:

Rule Number One, Mr. Speaker!

 

 

 

[yes, this is the Titty part the Ed might have mentioned in a low, mumbling tone]

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Regardless of how this turns out, Scot Tempesta put all companies, governments, organizations and individuals involved in sailing on notice that business as usual was over.  I was working on a project at Volvo North America when I yahooed "Sailing Forum".   Very few choices came up.  There were a large number of webpages for powerboats yet very few sailing choices.   Sailing Anarchy appeared to consist of four posters, two of which clearly were Scot Tempesta! I got a huge laugh over reading back through the scrolling forum thinking this is going to last about a month before a spurned So. Cal PHRF loser goes all legal on the site.   

For some miracle of modern internet law Sailing Anarchy grew in posters and interest.  So. Cal PHRF, the home of Karen and Daren of aquatic competition just could not muster the litigation to shut the site down. I even entered the first contest and won!  I was so overjoyed I sent Scot cash to pay for my own prize.  I could not take a dime from this absolutely insane man who was challenging the status quo.

In the early days of Sailing Anarchy many of us used our own name.  By using a real name or that of our boat we thought that others might give our posts more credence.  There may also have been the thought that this might encourage self-restraint in our posts.  The sheer number of absolutely hellish stories was nothing short of incredible.  We now know that the big sailing magazines simply buried any information that might cause even a ripple in the sailing community. 

The built-up tsunami of those affected hit very hard.  Scot Tempesta led with stories of sail lofts.  Very soon it was builders, race organizations, government entities and individuals.  Those who posted had better be able to back up their claims amid the torrent of denial.  Very quickly it became obvious that many of us not deeply in the sailing biz did not know didly squat about this sport.

The immense amount of knowledge that I have obtained through Sailing Anarchy cannot be calculated. Robert Perry described SA forums as big piles of dung that if you dig through might give up a diamond.  Sailing Anarchy connected me to answers and sent me off in many directions which I found knowledge that only a few years earlier was unobtainable.  I quickly realized that posters from Australia and New Zealand were to be taken very seriously.  Repeatedly anyone with a connection to those two countries or those who worked with someone from down under knew the answer.  Prior to Sailing Anarchy these voices had been muffled by the big magazines only to be heard if they set up shop in the United States or Britain. Sailing Anarchy busted open this treasure chest and the jewels keep being uncovered every day.

I have no idea when Scot Tempesta will actually depart.  Perhaps it will be at the end of this new contract or his demise could happen as we have expected, at the hands of a disgruntled So. Cal PHRF member. Whenever Scot signs off or is just simply offed, an era of openness in sailing will have ended.  I can only hope that this short period of glasnost in the sailing community does not end.  

 

In the spirit of helping other sailors out here are some recent tips for Sailing Anarchy readers.  

Kevin Dibley may have three very high-quality new cruising designs available at low prices.   These sailboats are built in Turkey and if you have been following the news, our various English speaking countries’ currencies have skyrocketed over the Turkish Lira.  For those who are experienced in importing or can buy that experience check out Kracken Yachts, Kevin Dibley's website and Robert Perry's interview with Kevin Dibley.

Kraken Yachts

Dibley Marine Design

Excellence in Yacht Design

 

I met someone who is becoming a very good friend through Sailing Anarchy.  IMHO he scored a great deal on North Sails recently.  If you are in the market for the best North has to offer with delivery in the late first quarter of 2022 do not wait to make your deal this week. 

Seahorse Magazine - Print, Digital or both at a substantial end of year discount.  Ends Dec 31st. 

Seahorse Xmas Sailing Anarchy Deal - Ends Dec. 31 2021

Charleston Race Week - - The northeast is going to have an especially tough flu/covid season this year.  Your first major event after what is shaping up to be an awful winter is Charleston Race Week. Consider planning on a visit to the east coasts best event even if you have no plans for racing.  For anyone considering moving your sailing activities to Charleston this event gives you an opportunity to meet fellow sailors involved in everything South Carolina has to offer.

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Well, what I do not read much above of is: Thank you for keeping me interested in the sport I love. The boats, the sails, the keels,the ratings, the new gear.

I post-1984-003707500%201316111217_thumb.jpgI have learned a lot and met a lot of people to sail with from here and a few of them internationally. My work day may not be the same again.

Sail Safe!
 

 

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Hope you made major moolah from the deal, you can tell us if you like!

Hope you’ve sold it to an equally cantankerous and abrasive individual (that’s a compliment by the way)

if it’s a corporate deal we can kiss it goodbye because there’ll always be counsel saying you can’t publish that article or photo.

Enjoy the boat


 

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FCK me, Scot!  What a Xmas present!  I have been here since just about the very beginning when you had an innerview with, I think Pete Melvin, and he ended it with a photo of the twins from Wicked Weasel.  The micro knickers they had on were "Nice Pair" colors.  Of course I printed it off, laminated it, and placed one in each hull, in an inconspicuous place.  

I can't thank you enough for all these years of content, and brother/sisterhood with everyone.  All the best to you and yours!  And good on ya, Brother!  You're the BEST!

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As a poster and long time follower from Sydney, congratulations for giving me and fellow sailors a place that in between the bullshit, there has been some great communication, and great knowledge shared. As we fight for better management of our sailing down under, a like minded group of people have come together, and it has become a community. 

Then I wouldn't know how to start a day without General Anarchy, but still haven't dared to go to PA.

Without you this wouldn't have happened, so thank you and all the best.

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I applaud your ability to leave the rat race, and hustle a year of full benefits to boot.   
 

a guy’s got to know:   Sponsored forums is all well and good, but what’s the new plan?    After a year will there be verified sign in names with marketable information like postal code, registered tonnage, etc?    Or will it merely be Google analytics looking through the steady stream of bs to determine who gets adds for carbon fiber blocks, who gets adds for gimbaled stoves and who is the poser reduced to viagra without a prescription adds?

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Well hell.  

Glad to see you get out of here alive and enjoy your freedom.

Many thanks for providing a warm safe place for us to break the furniture, piss on the floor, shit the bed, projectile vomit all over the place, and be complete assholes.  The new owner will never get the place clean nor should they.

I am proud to be a monkey in this circus and I've even managed to make a few friends here and even met some of them in real life, all good people!  

You done well Scot, if you aren't pissing people off then you aren't doing it right.  By that measure, you've done a hell of a good job.  

Keep on keeping on, living is the best revenge!

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Growing old really pisses me off. Things keep changing, Damn-it, I don’t like it!  

So, This place has been a revelation.  Gruff on the outside but a fine bunch inside.  Guess it was you.

So, good luck, enjoy retirement 

To the new guy

 

Show us your wife’s TITS!

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36 minutes ago, Lark said:

I applaud your ability to leave the rat race, and hustle a year of full benefits to boot.   
 

a guy’s got to know:   Sponsored forums is all well and good, but what’s the new plan?    After a year will there be verified sign in names with marketable information like postal code, registered tonnage, etc?    Or will it merely be Google analytics looking through the steady stream of bs to determine who gets adds for carbon fiber blocks, who gets adds for gimbaled stoves and who is the poser reduced to viagra without a prescription adds?

That's a scary vision of the future.

- DSK

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Best of luck to you and hoping the new owners (will you introduce them) carry on what you have started.  We really appreciate your help in sharing so many of our stories over the years.  From capsizes to victories, family to friends, this has been a great place to share it all

Larry

THRID TRI2

CATABATIC

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Congratulations

For the love of God please tell us Clean is not the new owner..

 

And before you walk out the door, how bout telling us where the money collected for the AC boat years ago disappeared to??

Statute of limitations must be expired by now..

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Fuck me! Hope SA hasn’t been gobbled up by Scuttlenutts!!!

Having you get sponsors to pay the bills for over 20 years has been good for me! Hope it doesn’t change too much and go sailing for Chrissake!

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As a relative newbie, having joined in 2004, this is still the first site I check every morning when logging onto my computer.  Scot and I share practically zero common political views but I think he is by far the best thing to happen to our sport since dacron. 

In the early days I was in my office reading a forum post by LR with other inputs by Teaky (five head) and was laughing so loud my then boss popped in to ask what the hell was going on. How to explain?  Impossible.  Where else you gonna get that?

The amount of useful input from true professionals and active racers is hard to quantify.  The thick skin needed to participate is legendary and sorts out the bullshit. 

I hope ed does stay in the game without the headaches of running this goat rodeo.  Good on ya!

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31 minutes ago, Remodel said:

To think I've been visiting this site near daily since 1999...

Good luck Ed, it's been a hell of a ride.

Well, let's not get all maudlin and start the wake, just yet. Hopefully we have another year of merry mischief making, and then we'll see if it's all over. I also extend thanks and good wishes, and the hope that we're not folding up the tent

- DSK

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